Just a Quick Note...

I don't know how many of you are still coming to this blog. I know that I have been inconsistent in my posts and don't blame anyone for not bothering to come back.

I have been making posts to my Instagram account. You can either follow me by getting an Instagram account and following me at ewhimages. Or, you can see what I have been posting by using your browser to access the internet at www.instagram.com/ewhimages.

Either way, I hope you enjoy what I am posting. If you like an image please let me know by posting a like. Also, you can leave comments from your Instagram account. If you need any help getting started, drop me an email at everettheller@mac.com and I will do what I can to help you get started.

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November Evening on Sunset Beach

This image was made almost four years ago from Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ. The actual sunset was fairly unspectacular. I decided to hang around for a while to see what developed. As the sun sank lower below the horizon it produced a light show in the clouds that was quite spectacular. The addition of the couple on the rocks in the foreground and the piece of wreck transecting the horizon gives a sense of drama to the scene. The horizon line, in this case, nearly bisects the mid-point of the total frame, but it works here.

I know it seems peculiar to visit a summer vacation spot in November. However, it does give one a new perspective regarding the natural and urban landscape without having to contend with vacationing crowds. Also, being the off-season, makes the rates very affordable.

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November on Sunset Beach - Cape May

Same Software - Different Subject

Still evaluating the Topaz Labs Impression plug-in, I post-processed this architectural photograph. The image was initially processed using Lightroom, as was the previous image. In this case, however, I added a texture first and then added the effect that I wanted from Impression. The image was then taken back into Lightroom for some dodging and burning.

This image is called, "First Light - Stone Church." It was taken just as the rising sun first illuminated the building and the background trees.

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First Light - Stone Church

Decisions, Decisions...

I am presently evaluating a new software plug-in from Topaz Labs called Topaz Impression. After playing with a trial copy this morning I made this image. My workflow was to process the original photo in Lightroom, apply a watercolor effect in Topaz Impression, and finally to add some textures using Perfect Photo 9 from OnOne Software.

I saw another image from Tony Sweet earlier today, but he added the textures first and then modified that result in Impression. Guess there's more than one way to skin a cat. It all depends on the final look you are trying to achieve.

I have a 30% off coupon for Impression which expires today. Do I buy it or not? Decisions, decisions...

Until next time...

A Red Orchid Pair in Nashua

A Photo I Did Not Make

I did not take this photo of my mother and I don't know who did. I do know she was not married at the time (no wedding or engagement rings), It was most likely not taken by a member of her family. My father was an avid photographer and he may have been the image maker, but I am not sure.

My mother gave the negative for this image to one of my brothers-in-law and I acquired it from him. I scanned the negative into my computer using my Epson V500, and after a number of failed attempts, was successful. I used as many of the clean options as I could (ICE, etc.)

The image was next cleaned of dust spots and scratches. The ground was littered with fallen leaves and some food and water dishes (probably for the outdoor pets around the farm.) These were likewise eliminated. Mom's face is slightly out of focus and I managed to do some correction there, but you can only do so much. Next I brightened my mother in the photo using a couple of techniques and finally cropped the image to eliminate the black border that surrounded the negative.

This image has been printed on Canson Baryta paper and the final result is quite stunning. I am glad to have it and I hope both my sisters feel the same.

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Mom - Unmarried - Photographer Unknown

Spring Time in Eaton

Visiting the same venue during the different seasons of the year can be very rewarding. This image of a familiar scene was made during the Spring of 2014. Regular followers of this blog can view other seasonal shots of the church and house as taken from across the pond from the Eaton Town Beach.

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Eaton Church from Eaton Beach - Spring Time

WAM - Fourth Floor Visit

Whenever I visit the Worcester Art Museum, I usually spend time in the Knights exhibition. However, I also like to tarry in some other part of the museum. I have recently been going to the Pre-Columbian collection on the 4th floor of the facility.

Like many museums, flash photography is out of the question. Therefore the ability to build some drama into the object must be done with the available light. This can be done if you take the time to study the situation and pick the proper viewing angle (please notice the 3 levels of shadows to the left of the figure.) In addition, converting the image to chromatic greyscale and adding a small amount of dodging and burning completed the goal of adding drama.

This image was made using a 60mm (90) macro lens on a cropped sensor camera.

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Pre-Columbian Canine Head

The Knight and The Lady

As I stated in an earlier post, the integration of the Higgins Armory collection into a permanent display at the Worcester Art Museum has had an added benefit. The addition of period art into the presentation.

In this image, I have extracted one of the suits of armor and superimposed it over one of the pieces of art hanging nearby. The artwork is a period piece of a lady in her boudoir. The knight, in true chivalric Arthurian fashion, is hiding the lady's exposed right breast from view.

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The Knight and The Lady

As The Dawn Breaks

On this early morning in late October, I waited for the sun to break the horizon and light this scene. The glow was beginning to appear at my back as I took this shot. Within seconds, the scene had changed. In less than a minute, the pinks to the west, reflected in the water, were completely washed out and gone.

Photographing a sunrise can be interesting. But, sometimes, recording the back-lit results of that sunrise can be awesome.

Until next time...

Stone Church at Dawn - West Boylston

Summer May Be Over, But...

Summer may be just a fleeting memory, but it lives on with the images we made then. This image was made several 'thens' ago. The year was 2011 and the camera was a Nikon P7000. That particular point-and-shoot had recently been released and I took it out for a test drive.

I accidentally discovered this image today and decided to process it using some new techniques that were not even available at the time the image was taken.

So, don't let the falling leaves and the coming winter get you down. Review your summer images and remember those bygone days.

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Yellow Flower Framed

Last Farmer's Market of 2014 - Sterling

Today, was the final Farmer's Market for the year in Sterling, Massachusetts. The market takes place every Friday, during the season, and begins at 3pm. In fact, the vendors cannot begin selling their wares until 3 o'clock per order of the Sterling Board of Selectmen. A rule that worked to my advantage.

I arrived before 3, which gave me the opportunity to take some photographs before the displays were pawed over by the patrons. This display of tomatoes was eye-catching (at least to me). The way the light played off the more exposed fruit initially caught my eye. A defect in the box allowed a ray of light to enter at the back of the box, highlighting some of the tomatoes located there.

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Last Farmer's Market - Sterling 2014

Remember the Sensations

Today, I am posting an image that I took recently while photographing The Amazing Sensations at The Bluffs at Danforth Bay. It was a great show and I appreciate the opportunity to have photographed this great group of guys. 

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Have You Seen A Moose?

"Have you seen a moose?" This question seems to nearly always find its way into most conversations in New Hampshire. Where are they? Almost nobody I know has seen one in several years. Yes, there is an occasional sighting, but where are all of the moose that are supposed to inhabit this state in multitudes. Is this state wasting taxpayer's dollars warning drivers of moose crossing the highways? I keep looking, others are looking, in fact it appears as though everyone up here is looking for the elusive moose.

I think I have an answer to where the moose have gone. People are asking the wrong question. They should be asking, "Have you seen the tiger?" Are tigers decimating our moose population?

So, beginning now, start looking for a tiger. Maybe you'll see a moose!

Until next time...

Have You Seen the Tiger

Hidden Color

Wait a minute! How do you get by calling this hidden color? I don't see any hidden colors here.

There is a semi-hidden alcove off the main drag in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. I stumbled on this area while photographing a shop on the main drag. The bench is unique and the colors are bright and vivid, while the shop in the background gives the foreground a sense of place. Dappled lighting usually does not work when photographing people, but this is a case where I believe it does. 

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Butterfly Bench - Wolfboro

The Last Shades of Autumn

The colors of Autumn are rapidly fading at the base of the White Mountains. A trip today into more northern New Hampshire, on Route 16 toward Mount Washington, found many trees on the hillsides already turned to brown. This did not dissuade many leaf-peepers, with a plethora of the vehicles seen being from Massachusetts. If color was their goal, they may have done better on the Mohawk Trail in their own state.

I made this photograph in Eaton from the town beach, which is within a few miles of where we live in Freedom. I guess I could have stayed closer to home, but my wife wanted to get out after a day or so of rain. Camera in hand, I obliged.

Until next time...

Last Shades of Autumn - Eaton Town Beach